Sunday, May 03, 2009


MY PRINCESS JESS SAVES BEST FOR LAST (QUARTER) IN BEAUGAY


ELMONT, N.Y.-- Lael Stable’s My Princess Jess halted a three-race losing streak and began her 4-year-old campaign as a winner Saturday afternoon, rallying for a 1 ¾-length victory over favored Carribean Sunset (IRE) in the 32nd running of the $109,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course at Belmont Park.

The Stormy Atlantic filly, whose previous victory was in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Lake George last July, came on strong in the middle of the “good” course under jockey Cornelio Velasquez after sitting well off a pace of 26.07, 50.57, 1:15.27 and 1:38.97. Are We Dreamin had been the early pacesetter, but was overtaken on the turn by Sunshine for Life, who wilted in midstretch.


“Cornelio rode her perfectly,” Tagg said, as My Princess Jess returned $6.90 to win. “I told him to tuck her in and wait until she got past the quarter-pole. He started to take a little more position there, which was fine. She really explodes if you wait until she gets past the quarter-pole. She has that quarter-mile in her, no more. She really gives you an explosive quarter-mile. I don’t know what’s next for her.”

Social Queen was a neck behind in third, followed by Sunshine for Life, Scolara, Follow My Dreams, Dyna’s Lassie, Borrowing Base and Are We Dreamin.

By the Light, entered for the main-track only, was scratched.

BEAUGAY QUOTES

Winning trainer Barclay Tagg of My Princess Jess (No. 4): “Cornelio (Velasquez) rode her perfectly. I told him to tuck her in and wait until she got past the quarter-pole. He started to take a little more position there, which was fine. She really explodes if you wait until she gets past the quarter-pole. She has that quarter-mile in her, no more. She really gives you an explosive quarter-mile. I don’t know what’s next for her.”

Winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez: “She broke good. I was covering up behind horses and then when I asked her at the quarter-pole she just started passing them. She finished good – she’s a nice filly, too.”


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